US death toll surges past 1,000, Half of NY face infection

A person wearing a protective mask sits in the back of an ambulance in New York, USA, 25 March 2020. A statewide shut down of all non-essential businesses and a ban on all non-solitary outside activities is currently in place to stop the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19. EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE

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The U.S. death toll was at 1,042 early Thursday after eclipsing 600 on Tuesday.  Globally, more than 21,200 people have been killed by the virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.

More than half of New York City’s population can expect to be infected by the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Most will suffer only a “mild experience,” but many will become very sick, and “we are going to lose some people,” he said.

April will be tough and May tougher before the virus crisis eases, he said. The city has seen 192 deaths so far, and there are more than 17,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

“The world we knew is gone,” de Blasio said in a social media post. “And it’s not coming back, not for the next few months. That’s the blunt truth.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said social distancing has helped slow the rate of hospitalizations in his state, but that they are still rising above expectations. He said the state will need 140,000 hospital beds, almost three times the existing capacity. He expects the state’s curve to hit its apex in two or three weeks.

“We are still on the way up the mountain,” he said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said more than a million unemployment insurance claims have been filed in the state this month, a sign of the widespread shutdowns affecting residents because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more via USA Today

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